Suspect arrested after firing weapon near Prince William Co. middle school

A man has been arrested after allegedly firing his weapon near Rippon Middle School, in Woodbridge, Virginia, Thursday morning.

The Prince William County police said in a statement that staff outside the school building heard a gunshot a little after 11 a.m.

They went inside and told the school resource officer, who checked the grounds, found an armed man on school property and arrested him without incident.

The police said Durante Meza, 20, had been involved in a domestic incident at his home about a quarter-mile away on Georgia Road, walked out and fired a shot from a shotgun into the air on school property.

The school entered a secure-the-building status during the incident, a school system spokeswoman told WTOP.

The police said the domestic dispute didn’t appear to have anything to do with the school. They talked with others at Meza’s home and concluded the dispute was strictly verbal in nature.

No injuries were reported. Meza has been charged with discharging a firearm on school grounds and possession of a firearm on school grounds. He’s being held without bond.

Below is a map of where the incident occurred.

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